Loro Gives A Master Class on Blending Asian and Barbecue

It’s a risky business these days to fuse styles of food. In these prickly times, what seems like the harmless blending of cooking techniques and styles can easily blow up. Make a misstep or show disrespect, and what used to be called “fusion cuisine” becomes “cultural appropriation.”

So, maybe it takes a lot of guts in 2021 to open up Loro, a place that calls itself an “Asian Smokehouse & Bar.” Borrowing flavors and styles from the East and Texas barbecue to create a menu? Texans don’t like being messed with, and that goes double when it comes to their barbecue. But perhaps the larger risk is seeing two white male chefs bring an “Asian Smokehouse” concept from Austin to Dallas. Recent history here shows how quickly tempers can flare.

For example, last year’s social media feud between Mot Hai Ba’s chef Peja Krstic and several Vietnamese American women

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